The best thing about
self-publishing is that you are guaranteed to be published, no matter what type
book you choose to write. Traditional publishers often look for something not
yet written about, or seldom written about; such as true life alien abductions,
or what Earth might be like in the year 4000, if humans last that long.
Self-publishing allows the
author more leeway with subject matter. The author can tell it like it is;
unlike traditional publishers who generally follow a code of conduct, for the
fear of treading on someone’s toes. Traditional publishers always have that
fear of being sued for libel, whereas self-publishers tend to not care what
With self publishing every detail is up to the author.
From hiring a professional editor if the self publishing author is not prolific
in the English language. Editing is expensive, and every book, even self
publishing needs some editing to help polish the final product. Self-publishing
does offer editing and marketing services, but for an additional price, that
can be expensive. All that work is taken care of by a traditional publisher,
which means less headaches and work for the author.
When it comes to book covers, self-publishing companies
usually give the author a selection of artwork to choose from. Some of this
artwork is free, but some usually cost a few dollars. The free artwork is
seldom great, and might not coincide with the books material. For paid artwork
at self-publishing companies, the artwork is upgraded and more pleasing to the
eye, but is an extra cost, which might for some self-publishers, mean an extra
dent in their pocketbooks. Traditional publishers have their own art
department, which means the author is guaranteed a terrific book cover, which
is included in the contract. Both self-publishing and traditional publishing
companies, though, usually allow the author to use their own artwork if the
author chooses too, especially if the book is about the author’s family, pet,
friends, or profession. Using personal
artwork adds a touch of personification and genuine sincerity to the book;
which is always a good selling point.
What I discovered through Amazon, and something they did
not tell me in the beginning, is that with them, the author must keep a supply
of their books at the Amazon warehouse. Amazon is not a print on demand (POD)
distributor as is Lulu, as I initially believed it to be. Also, with the author’s books being stored at
the Amazon warehouse, the author is charged for a monthly storage fee. I don’t
know what this storage fee is, but I do know, that the more books the author
keeps stored, the higher the storage fee is. This storage requirement can be
expensive. The author is required to pay this monthly storage fee, even if
their book does not sell. When it comes to any type of artwork, whether it be
books, jewelry, or candles, artwork is usually a hard product to sell. If it
were easy, all artists and authors would be wealthy.
Lulu on the other hand, is a print on demand self
publisher. They do not store books, but keep each title stored in a queue, at a
contracted print on demand printer.
Also, what I understand is that Lulu allows 80% of the
royalties to go to the author, and Amazon allows 70%, but that percentage is
only applicable for books sold to certain countries outside of the U.S., such
as Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and India, and only for titles enrolled in KDP
Select. This in reality, means that the
author receives an average 35% of the sales, and Amazon gets the other 65%.
A author can struggle with locating a traditional
publishing company for many reasons. They have written a book that only they
are interested in; such as their family history. I don’t believe most would be
interested in reading about someone else’s family tree, unless it is as
brilliant as the book Roots, was. If a author is struggling with locating a
traditional publishing company, than self-publishing is for them. I for one
believe that if a writer has written a book, they should continue seeking out
the traditional publishing company. This only applies if their book is polished
and ready for sale. If a book has many graphical errors, it will not be taken
seriously by a traditional publisher. Getting away with graphical errors in a
self-published book is possible, but it would be disappointing and frustrating
to the reader. Whether the book is
self-published or traditionally published, the final product should be free of
errors, and entertaining, and pleasing to the eye. In my opinion, when it comes
to Lulu versus Amazon, Amazon bites the dust. Good luck.
For the Love of Ginnie
don’t know why I wanted to save the life of a person I never met. Maybe it was
because I was tired of bachelorhood. Maybe it was because I was a chemist and
the unusual, and unexplained, fascinated me. Or, maybe, it was because I was
obsessed with this twenty-year-old, dark-haired beauty named Mary Virginia “Ginnie”
Wade I had read about. These questions filtered through my mind as I drove to
the bar to meet my best friend Will.
favorite hangout was “The Bling,” originally an old truck stop on State Route
93, in Nelsonville, Ohio. The place became a restaurant/lounge/dance hall and
brothel when semis no longer became a necessity for long distance hauling. The
invention of the transporter also replaced many other primitive jobs
such as mail delivery and travel. “The Bling” was best known for the large
flashing lights suggesting scantily clad women in seductive positions above the
front entrance, and its “bulldogs,” monster-sized bouncers in Armani suits who
patrolled its two-block perimeter, inside and out.
Bling,” just another joint with a sleazy atmosphere, like all alcohol-serving
establishments, differed only in that it catered exclusively to class “A”
clientele. Politely—or maybe not so politely—everyone called it the “Whorehouse
for the rich and bored.” Its reputation grew. Its income grew even faster.
pulled up in front and exited my vintage DeLorian, tossing the keys to the
baby-faced valet, by-passed the doorman with no questions asked. Just an
exchange of large smiles between us. Will was also part-owner.
entered the twenty-four carat gold, electronic doors, Will immediately spotted
me and motioned me toward the bar with his diamond embellished hand.
loved sitting at the bar. It was the perfect place to see the shows. “Two
double scotches and water,” Will said, as we shook hands, and I slid into my
seat beside him, just as the tall, leggy waitress produced the drinks in an
immediately recognized the “girl” as one of the latest “do-everything-like-a-wife”
robotics. Robot manufacturing had become a booming business since the last war
destroyed the immune and reproductive systems in most humans, especially
don’t know why you waste your time flirting with non-humans,” I said,
cautiously sipping my drink. The immense emptiness of not being able to acquire
a wife and soul mate, I felt at this age in my life, almost drove me to
alcoholism, but my boss and mentor, Doctor Obar Gabry, intervened, saving my
life and promising career.
dear friend,” Will began, “beggars can’t be choosey, and ladies are in scarce
supply. Beside, these ‘girls’ are all pink inside.”
I said, gulping down a large swallow of alcohol as if it could wash away my
friend’s vile mental picture from my mind.
on, Alex, loosen up. Live a little.” Will motioned to the waitress for another
round of drinks. “You’re alive, so act like it. Don’t let your beautiful mind
go to waste. This world needs people like you. People started treating me like
a god once I became an entrepreneur, and I love it.”
had to laugh. Maybe my self-pity stage had outlived its use. Only I can find a
wife for myself. I certainly won’t ask Will to hook me up. His sense of values
are as artificial as the women he beds.
pain and loneliness I felt at times from yearning for a life-long partner and
family wasn’t easy to accomplish. Scientific and Medical technology still could
not reverse the sterilization effects on the female species.
there were some human women to date. But most were either sterile, too old, too
young, or there was just no chemistry between the two of us. I wanted that
spark that unites between two people madly in love...like my parents. I never
met any couple happier with one another then my beloved parents. That’s the
kind of love I want…never ending.
emptiness and frustration of not finding companionship at times made me want to
die. But that was the loneliness talking. I know that now. I love life. I want to
live, and I know who I want for a wife. It’s just that meeting her would be a
I asked, “What do you think about time travel?”
you serious?” Will asked. “Scientists have tried to conquer time travel for
hundreds of years, and failed.”
they failed because they weren’t Doctor Gabry and me.”
looked at me in awe. “Oh, my god, you’re serious!”
discovered something today in the lab,” I said, giving him an arrogant smile. “We
believe this is the answer.”
who is to be the Guinea pig?”
came from Will, then a gasp. “That could be suicide.”
the biggest discovery of the thirtieth century.”
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